Thursday, July 14, 2011

Requiem for a Ceiling

I'd like to recite a poem to commemorate the passing of my bedroom ceiling.

Oh, bedroom ceiling, naught where once you'd been,
I shudder when I think of all you've seen.
Though soon we'll have you patched and laced with paint,
For now we must admit: up there, you ain't.

Our very nice new upstairs neighbors found out that the previous condo owners did not, in fact, fix the pipes like we were all told.  Our kittens were fascinated/horrified by the leak coming through the ceiling, and then by the plumbers who cut a person-sized hole so as to fix the neighbors' pipes above.  Oh, multi-family dwellings, you suck.

On the up-side, this means that we have motivation to paint our bedroom after the ceiling is fixed - so I started to consider actually decorating it, too.

We've had the makings for a kick-ass space-age mid-century-mod bedroom for some time.  We've been collecting bit by bit over the years... we've just never gotten around to putting it together.  So I took the opportunity to create one collage of the pieces we have, and a second collage of the pieces we'd like in order to complete it.

It's currently a splattering of thoughtless and dull colors, and we're going with a red/aqua/turquoise/black pallette.

Here are the things we already have:

Clockwise from top left:
Chaise Longue by EQ3
Aqua swirl vase by Crate & Barrel
Retro red duvet by EQ3
Sunburst clock by Timekeeper
Antique dresser refurbished by Zamba in Burbank (yet to be repainted; for colors, see next image)
Wall sconce by Crate & Barrel

 Here are the things we still need:

Paint, in four shades.  (We already own bookcases, but we love this painted backsplash idea from Real Simple)
Arc lamp by George Kovacs
Pillow slipcovers by Etsy artists kainkain and sassypillows

I'm hoping that these collages - and the ceiling disaster - will help me get my butt in gear, because I really respond to whatever space I'm in. Creative spaces make my brain feel creative.  Cluttered spaces make my brain feel cluttered.  And I have a lot of creative work to do, and no room for cluttered thinking!  So here's hoping this helps me boost my creative juices.  It'll be a couple of weeks before we can get everything in place, but I'll follow up as soon as we do.

How about you?  Do you have any home projects that are hanging over your head?  How do you motivate yourselves to get down to business (without, say, ceiling waterfalls?)

Okey-dokey. I'm off to do some work of my own.  Back tomorrow with some flashy fashions... and I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing!  'Til then, take care of you!


  1. Oi, I have had a SLEW of home projects stalled for YEARS. Necessary funds are an issue. Other creative and life projects constantly taking priority is another. Maybe we could make a game of it, with something fun to win! Help! I need motivation! (and money)

  2. Jared and I finally attacked my bathroom and replaced the vanity with a new cabinet and faucet. Drain still runs slow, but better than before. I would call it complete except that I just noticed I installed a decorative tile upside down that is hiding some bad patch work from a previous owner. It's always something!

    Your bedroom plans look great! Pay lots of attention to the paint details- next on my list is to touch up all of my wood work where I was not so careful when I painted my walls. Better to do it right the first time.

  3. Unfinished home projects... we haz 'em.

    One of these days we have to close off our own ceiling hole, and remove Ceiling Cat (aka Cheshire Cat plush toy) from it.

    And then we have to clean out the baby's room, put lots of stuff in storage, and redecorate for baby! My motivation? December comes, whether I like it or not!

  4. I am no good at decorating at home. You'd think I'd be able to do it since I have a graphic/web design background and seem to be able to do it just fine on the computer.

    Seeing you do it on the computer like that sort of combines them though. Maybe because I can go through many choices and see it all together easier then I can in a room with paint and accessories at another location.

    I'm thinking I might try it out and see if I can find some success using the computer. You're so smart!

  5. I'm in LOVE with that red lounge chair! Where did you find it?!?!